Visitors pass Germany’s national flag as they walk around the dome of the German parliament building, or Reichstag, in Berlin. German unemployment unexpectedly increased for the first time in six months. Photo: Bloomberg

German unemployment unexpectedly increased for the first time in six months amid signs of a slowdown in Europe’s largest economy. The number of peopl(...)

UK retail sales unexpectedly rose in March as warm weather boosted spending on spring clothing. Photo: Bloomberg

UK retail sales unexpectedly rose in March as warm weather boosted spending on spring clothing, adding to evidence the economy gained momentum(...)

German imports climbed to their highest level since reunification while exports fell in February. Photo: Bloomberg

German imports climbed to their highest level since reunification while exports fell in February, in a sign that domestic demand in Europe’s la(...)

The January rise in retail sales in Germany was the biggest increase since February 2007. Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

German retail sales posted their strongest gain in seven years in January, reinforcing expectations that consumer spending will support growth (...)

The number of people out of work in Europe’s largest economy decreased by 14,000 to 2.914 million, data from the Labour Office in Germany showed today. Photograph: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

German unemployment dropped in February to its lowest level in nearly 1-1/2 years, boding well for domestic demand, which the government hopes (...)

Angela Merkel is poised for a third term as German chancellor after her Christian Democrats took the largest share of the vote in September 22 elections.
German business confidence increases
  • Economy
  • September 24, 2013, 09:48

German business confidence increased for a fifth month in September amid signs the economic recovery is continuing in the euro area, the nation’s big(...)

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble welcomed the positive figures. REUTERS/John Kolesidis/Files

The euro zone’s recovery has eked out further gains in August although weakness in France pointed to the uneven nature of the rebound, a leading busin(...)

German exports had their biggest fall since late 2009 in May. Photograph: Reuters.

German exports had their biggest fall since late 2009 in May while imports rose far more than expected, in a sign that Europe’s largest economy is str(...)

The Bank of England, at its first policy meeting under new governor Mark Carney (pictured), said a recent rise in bond yields was not warranted by the state of the British economy. Photograph: Jason Alden/Bloomberg.

The Bank of England, at its first policy meeting under new governor Mark Carney, said a recent rise in bond yields was not warranted by the state of(...)

BMW emblems next to the production line of the German car manufacturer’s plant in the Bavarian city of Dingolfing. Figures released today show eurozone factory output is rising with car sales in the EU increasing last month for the first time since September 2011. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters.

Euro-area services and factory output increased more than economists forecast in May, adding to signs the currency bloc will emerge from its record(...)